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Month: May 2022

ABCD’s Sharon Scott-Chandler to Succeed President/CEO John Drew

Action for Boston Community Development, a Boston-based nonprofit human services agency that helps low-income residents in Greater Boston to transition out of poverty, recently announced that John Drew, its president/CEO since 2009, will retire, to be succeeded by chief operating officer Sharon Scott-Chandler. Drew, now 85, who joined Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) in 1971, said, “I have had a long…

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ABCD’s John Drew, tireless champion of the poor, is signing off

John Drew is probably one of the most influential Bostonians you don’t know much about. Which is a shame because — at the tender age of 84 — he is stepping down as the CEO of Action for Boston Community Development, better known as ABCD. It’s the city’s biggest and most durable antipoverty agency, a Swiss Army knife of social…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, set to retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) partner site at the Putnam Community Center in Jamaica Plain has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood.        Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they…

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In their words: what’s in your nonprofit’s strategic plan?

As part of the Business Journal’s special feature on the Future of Nonprofits, we asked a number of Boston nonprofit leaders about the view in their looking glass — their current priorities, how the public and private sectors can help, and how fundraising has changed in the Covid era. Here’s what they told us: What’s the most important item on your…

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Longtime ABCD leader John Drew to retire

John J. Drew, who has held leadership positions at the human services nonprofit Action for Boston Community Development, will retire next month after 13 years as president and CEO. Drew will be succeeded by ABCD’s executive vice president and COO, Sharon Scott-Chandler, who the nonprofit said will be its first female Black leader in its six-decade history. Drew will retire…

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Charlestown Native and Longtime President and CEO of ABCD John Drew Set To Retire

For decades Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) John F. Kennedy Family Service Center office has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money…

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Wraparound Services Spotlighted for Community Action Month

May is Community Action Month, and Community Action Agencies in Massachusetts are raising awareness about the wraparound services they provide to low-income residents. Community Action was started in 1964 by the Johnson administration to fight poverty, and agencies have been working ever since to help folks – both in crisis situations and with economic empowerment. Sharon Scott-Chandler, executive vice president…

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John Drew, Longtime President and CEO of ABCD, Set To Retire

For decades East Boston’s Action for Boston Community Development’s (ABCD) APAC office has been an oasis of help and hope for countless families in the neighborhood. Social service programs like ABCD’s Fuel Assistance have helped low-income residents and fixed income seniors heat their homes throughout the winter without having to worry if they would have enough money for both heat…

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ABCD PRESIDENT/CEO JOHN J. DREW TO RETIRE JUNE 30

Champion for the poor came to ABCD “start-up” in 1971 Renowned antipoverty agency now serves 100,000 annually; Board Chair Sean Daughtry says Drew leaves ABCD “stronger than ever” (BOSTON, MA) — John J. Drew, President/CEO of Action for Boston Community Development and longtime fighter for the low-income and underserved, will step down from his top role at ABCD on June…

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ABCD THANKS ASSISTANT SPREAKER KATHERINE CLARK, MASSACHUSETTS DELEGATION, FOR PASSAGE OF CSBG MODERNIZATION ACT

Vote marks critical step to strengthening low-income families and communitiest On Friday, May 13, 2022, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5129, the Community Services Block Grant Modernization Act of 2021-2022 on a 246-169 vote. The bill reauthorizes the Community Services Block Grant program through FY2031 and makes important changes concerning administration and leadership. performance measurement, and minimum and maximum…

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